Butchers and abattoir staff from abroad can be granted seasonal employee visas to cope with the backlog of pigs that must be slaughtered, the federal government has introduced.
Agriculture Secretary George Eustice mentioned about 800 pig butchers from abroad are wanted to get the state of affairs beneath management and he expects to see them arriving in November.
He added that abattoirs can be supplied non-public storage help to allow them to briefly retailer pork earlier than going to market to clear the backlog.
Nonetheless, Mr Eustice mentioned the requirement for butchers to be fluent in English is not going to be dropped, as was anticipated.
The agriculture secretary mentioned the lack of employees from the pig business has “nothing to do with Brexit” and is all the way down to a lot of EU residents leaving the UK throughout the pandemic.
Labour shortages, seen throughout a number of industries together with HGV drivers, have been an aggravating issue however not the only problem, he mentioned.
He blamed a lot of market disruptions throughout the pandemic, issues with entry to the Chinese language market – the world’s largest shopper of pork – and mentioned there was a 7% overproduction of pork within the UK.